bioassay

Definitions of bioassay
  1. noun
    appraisal of the biological activity of a substance by testing its effect on an organism and comparing the result with some agreed standard
    synonyms: bio-assay
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    immunoassay, immunochemical assay
    identification of a substance (especially a protein) by its action as an antigen
    pregnancy test
    a physiological test to determine whether a woman is pregnant
    radioimmunoassay
    immunoassay of a substance that has been radioactively labeled
    Friedman test, rabbit test
    pregnancy test that involves injecting some of the woman's urine into an unmated female rabbit and later examining the ovaries of the rabbit; presence of corpora lutea indicates that the woman is pregnant
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    assay
    a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.
  2. verb
    subject to a bio-assay
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    assay
    analyze (chemical substances)
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